Belmont (12-7, 4-1) was held to 18-of-48 shooting (37.5 percent). Craig Bradshaw led the Bruins with 22 points and Drew Windler had 12. Despite outrebounding Eastern Kentucky 37-24, Belmont committed 20 turnovers.
After trailing 32-31 at halftime, Eastern Kentucky surged ahead as Walden, Cosey and Timmy Knipp each hit 3-pointers to spark a 15-1 run, pushing the Colonels to a 63-49 lead with 6:34 remaining. Belmont had turnovers on four consecutive possessions during the Eastern Kentucky run, and could pull no closer than seven the rest of the way.
Former Kentucky guard Ed Davender, the only Wildcat with at least 1,500 points and 400 assists, has died. He was 49.
Guard Naz Mitrou-Long, whose 2015-16 season ended in December due to hip problems, has been granted a hardship waiver for the coming season, Iowa State said.
As the Sooners look to life without superstar Buddy Hield and his sidekicks, it's clear their unseasoned players will need to grow up fast.
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